I should have have waited till after class to make this thread, instead of rushing to get it out before I left this morning. There was more I wanted
to say reading through all the posts has given me some insight as well. Thanks for everyone's replies.
Ok here's what I am reasonably sure is true:
Inhaling burning plant matter, regardless of the plant, is not good for lungs.
Tobacco companies are in the business of profit. For example:
They engineer tobacco to be more addictive
They use radioactive fertilizer to make bigger plants
The tobacco plant itself is very demanding on soil and so it requires LOTS and LOTS of radioactive fertilizer
Some smokers don't get lung disease
Some people get lung disease without smoking
Some smokers do get lung disease
Dying from lung lung disease is a horrible way to go
Having said all that, here is where I believe the discrepancy may lie:
Many, many, many, things in our daily lives can cause cancer.
Foods, air, water, my laptop has a warning on it that says California believes it contains carcinogens
People who smoke may be more likely to engage in other risky activities (Drinking, poor diets, lack of exercise)
These other activities may be increasing the amount of health problems (Lung, heart, total body) that are normally
associated with smoking.
Just as Big Tobacco exists to make profit$, so to I believe does Big Anti-Tobacco exist to make Profit$.
My political science textbook puts it pretty clearly
Whenever you are trying to understand a confusing aspect of politics, simply ask "Who benefits?" and "How do they benefit?"
And Big Tobacco is definitely part of our politics these days.
Going forward, I think smoking, while not good for you, may not be as risky as Big Anti-Tobacco would have us believe. Possibly an otherwise healthy
lifestyle may keep your body's natural defenses active enough to fight off harmful effects of smoking. There is also a chance however small, that one
radioactive isotope can remain in a piece of tobacco after whatever refinement processes it goes through. Inhaling this one radioactive isotope could
be the literal nail in your coffin that causes a lump in your lung.
It's a risk. There are benefits to the risks that a non-smoker will never know. It's the feeling of satisfying an addiction. An unnecessary benefit,
since we're creating the desire ourselves, but a benefit still.
edit on 29-1-2013 by ZeroReady because: forgot words. spelling hard. hurt brain